Archive | Occupational Health and Safety

Indoor Air Quality – Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

Background Little is known on the quality of indoor ambient air within our office place, schools and even our own homes. As such, people take for granted that the ambient air that we breathe within our work and home environment is safe. Sources Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are chemicals that vaporise at room temperature from […]

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Disaster Strikes! What Now?

The onset of a natural disaster is always a time of chaos and pandemonium. Whilst issues such as medical care, food, electricity, safety and shelter are often at the forefront of people’s minds, something which is often overlooked is the management of asbestos. Regardless, it is worth considering what best management practices comprise of when […]

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The Mr Fluffy Saga Unfolds

As tension mounts in Canberra following the continuing unravelling of the Mr Fluffy debacle, a course of action is still being finalised by the ACT Government. The ACT Government’s Asbestos Response Taskforce, established in response to the revelation of loose-fill asbestos insulation in over 1000 homes, has presented its initial findings to the ACT Cabinet. […]

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Barangaroo Blaze Causes Hazardous Materials Fears to Reignite

The outbreak of a raging fire in the basement of a section of the Barangaroo construction site has reignited concerns about the presence of high levels of hazardous materials at the site. While the blaze has been brought under control overnight, discussions have re-emerged over site contamination. From the mid 1820s, the previously named East […]

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Sick Building Syndrome

Unexplained headaches, dizziness or flu-like symptoms? While there are obviously a range of causes which may cause these complaints, these can all be linked to the relatively little known Sick Building Syndrome. The term “Sick Building Syndrome” was coined by the WHO in 1986 when they estimated that 10-30% of newly built office buildings had […]

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